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Initially launched as Emotion UI, Huawei EMUI is an Android-based custom user interface developed by Huawei for its mobile devices. On the other hand, EMUI’s re-branded version is called Magic UI and comes on Honor smartphones.

Huawei has been using this custom Android user interface since 2012 and soon it’ll unveil the 11th version of the EMUI. There’s a broad history of EMUI, so here you can check the complete bloodline fo the entire EMUI system.

EMUI History:


On December 30, 2012, Huawei introduced the first Huawei Mobile Operating System version, Emotion UI 1.0, which is based on Android 4.0. This version features voice assistant, customizable home screen and users can switch themes according to their preferences.

Huawei Ascend P1 was the first phone to get this software.

EMUI 3.0:

On September 4, 2014, Huawei switched the software name from “Emotion UI” to “EMUI” and launched EMUI 3.0 (Android 4.4 and above) along with Huawei Ascend Mate 7 at the pre-IFA event in Berlin.

Since then, this Android-based user interface called EMUI instead of Emotion UI. With this launch, Huawei also introduced its own App Store.

EMUI 4.0:

In 2015, Huawei launched EMUI 4.0 on Huawei Mate 8. This OS came with a redesigned interface based on Android 6.

EMUI 5.0:

In 2016, Huawei launched EMUI 5.0 with Huawei Mate 9 flagship.

Removed Firmware Images Support:

In 2017, Huawei removed ROM Images from the official website and shifted all users to over-the-air (OTA) updates.

EMUI 8.0:

In late 2017, Huawei skipped EMUI version 6.0 and 7.0 and jumped directly to EMUI 8.0 and pre-installed on Huawei Mate 10 series. The EMUI 8.0 is based on Android 8.

EMUI 8.1:

In Early 2018, Huawei launched EMUI 8.1 with Huawei P20 series, based on Android 8.1. It brought a new gaming performance feature called GPU Turbo. These new features and user interface changes.

EMUI 9.0:

At IFA 2018 event, Huawei introduced EMUI 9.0 based on Android 9. It brings new features such as a gesture navigation system, making the interface more reachable, reorganizing the settings menu, introducing Digital Balance dashboard, GPU Turbo 2.0. Huawei Mate 20 series was the first to come pre-installed with this EMUI version.

EMUI 9.1:

In Early 2019, Huawei launched the Huawei P30 series pre-equipped with EMUI 9.1, an update over the existing EMUI 9 but with more added features, such as GPU Turbo 3.0, EROFS file system, OneHope file sharing, Huawei CarKey, Phone Clone, AR Measure, and more.

This EMUI version has also improved the EMUI ecosystem.

EMUI 10:

On August 9, at Huawei Developer Conference 2019 (HDC 2019) Huawei launched EMUI 10 based on Android 10. With this version, Huawei reinvented the whole user interface and introduced a new Magazine style UI, Morandi color system, Golden Ratio icon, Colorful AOD, Redesigned Camera app layout, New fluid animation effects, and the most popular Dark Mode.

Huawei Mate 30 series was the first smartphones to come pre-installed with EMUI 10.0 but Huawei had already started EMUI 10.0 beta testing with the Huawei P30 series ahead of Mate 30 launching.

EMUI 10.1:

In early 2020, Huawei launched the Huawei P40 series with EMUI 10.1. This EMUI version has MeeTime calling, Multi-screen collaboration, Huawei share, Cast+ wireless projection, Sound Booster, Cross-Device Photo gallery, Celia Voice assistant, New Themes, Multi-Window Multi-Tasking, more improved security.

In April 2020, Huawei announced EMUI 10.1 beta program for Huawei P30 and Mate 30 devices, which later expanded to even more Huawei smartphones.

EMUI 11:

On September 10, 2020, Huawei announced EMUI 11, the version is based on Android 10 but the company said it’ll take some of the features from Android 11.

Initially, Huawei started EMUI 11 beta for Huawei P40, Mate 30, MatePad Pro series in China but the company has rushed ahead and opened the beta program for global customers.

Check the complete EMUI 11 round-up here.

Amy is our firmware and software specialist, she keeps her eagle eyes open for new software rollouts, beta programs, and other software related activities as well as new smartphone launch.


EMUI rolling for Huawei Mate 50 Pro



Huawei Mate 50 Pro

Huawei is rolling out EMUI for the Huawei Mate 50 Pro smartphone in the global market. This update is packed with lots of new features, optimizations, and improvements for this flagship phone.

According to the information, EMUI for Huawei Mate 50 Pro comes with new network improvements for certain situations. It has improvements in camera quality.

There are also new optimizations made for the audio quality of calls and games. On the flip side, the app has its own improvements for a better user experience.

Furthermore, Huawei has arranged new system stability optimizations that provide a performance boost for your smartphone.

According to the inputs, this upgrade integrates February 2023 security patch for the phone.

This is a big changelog for the Huawei Mate 50 Pro and the company is sending this to improve the phone’s performance in various scenarios. Also, if you have a Mate 50 Pro device, we suggest you get this version right away as soon as it appears.

The Mate 50 Pro is the first phone among all of the Huawei smartphones to get EMUI 13 but actually, it comes pre-installed. Since its launch, old phone users are waiting for a new major upgrade.

Recently, Huawei opened the beta program for a few flagships – P50 Pro, P50 Pocket, and Mate Xs 2 foldable phone. You should know that the latest EMUI 13 beta activity has limited slots and it’s available only for a region.

This new Huawei Mate 50 Pro update was released last week for global consumers and rolling out in batches. If your Mate 50 Pro has not received this firmware, make sure you get it via System settings.

EMUI Huawei mate 50 pro

(source – Huaweiblog)

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Huawei P40 Lite February 2023 EMUI update reaches Europe



huawei p40 lite

Huawei P40 lite is getting a new software update in Europe, which brings the latest security patches released in the month of February 2023. However, the phone users are also waiting for EMUI 13 roadmap to confirm their eligibility for the next major software update.

Huaweiblog reports that Huawei P40 Lite users are getting the February 2023 security update in Europe with build version and the OTA package size of 254 megabytes.

This is a staged rollout, and all of the P40 Lite users will get it gradually. Below you can check the complete changelog of this software release.

List of Changes

This update improves system security with security patches.


  • Integrates security patches released in February 2023 for improved system security.
    For more information on the security of Huawei’s EMUI system updates, visit the Huawei official website.

Notes on the update:

  • Your personal data will not be deleted by the update. However, we recommend that you back up important data before updating.
  • Charge your phone sufficiently.
  • The update package will be automatically deleted after the update is complete.
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EMUI 13 Features: Super Device, App Gestures, Widgets, SuperStorage and more



EMUI 13 features

Huawei EMUI 13 is a complete reflection of the HarmonyOS 3 operating system and make no mistake to differentiate both of these. With EMUI 13, Huawei has rained a new type of excitement for global phone users with a bunch of new features.

Although, EMUI 13 is kind of similar to the last version but the new features are something that you haven’t seen before in an EMUI software ecosystem. The level of accessibility and enrichment brought in by this new EMUI will further scale your user experience.

so, without further ado, let’s dive right into it.

EMUI 13 Features:

  • App Swipe Up Gesture
  • Service Widgets
  • Stack Widgets
  • Group Widgets
  • Smart Folders
  • Drag to share
  • Multi-Tasking and Sharing
  • Multi-screen
  • Multi-cam
  • Share Music
  • SuperStorage
  • Privacy and Security
  • Photo Security

App Swipe up gesture:

This is feature was introduced with HarmonyOS 2 but doesn’t come with EMUI 12. Therefore, EMUI 13 is the software that finally brought in-app swipe-up gestures also known as app snippets.

EMUI 13 features swipe gestures

The feature works as a trigger to expand app features such as the app’s own service widget or set of key features. This allows you to launch a specific feature on the spot. However, you can also pin an app’s service widget on the home screen.

emui 13 pin widgets

Service Widgets:

Making its grand debut in the EMUI universe, service widgets are home screen cards that provide quick access to an app’s key features or reading. For example, the health widget will show you consumption, as well as step counts, and the camera widget will let you take photos in four different modes. Widgets come in different sizes to fit in the layout.

service widgets

Stack and Group Widgets:

To save space and keep the home screen layout clean, there are two additions – stack widgets and group widgets. These two features work according to their names but are quite helpful.

EMUI 13 widget group stack

Smart Folders:

The new Large Folders are now smarter than ever, it comes in a variety of sizes, and you just need to hold and stretch the anchor to resize large folders according to the app inside the folder.

smart folders

Drag to share:

Sharing is further improved and becomes accessible, long press on any text, pic, or file that catches your eye, drags it to SuperHub, and paste or share it to any app or connected device. You can find, reuse, and delete previously pasted and shared content with ease.

drag to share

Super Device:

Super Device is a way to go, and it’s finally here. EMUI 13 brings you a Super Device feature that supports collaborations between a wider range of devices – including the Huawei Vision, Huawei MateBook, and Huawei MatePad Paper, Eyewear, Earbuds, Smartwatches, Tablets, and more.

super device


Multi-screen collaboration now comes with a landscape window mode, which allows you to open apps in large landscape windows to maximize the view.

screen share


Another EMUI 13 feature allows you to shoot from any angle on any connected phone, and get a side-by-side view on a single screen. During video chats, you can switch between the cameras on your different devices, which is the next level of innovation.

emui 13 multi-cam

Share music:

Want to share music with your friend from a smartphone? Yes, you can do that with EMUI 13, just connect the FreeBuds devices and share up to two earbuds at the same time. While also controlling volume level.

audio share


EMUI 13 brings you this unique capability, SuperStorage to clear up to 20GB of storage space by stacking duplicate files, compressing less-used apps, and eliminating unnecessary re-downloads to create room for your important storage requirements.

Privacy and Security:

EMUI 13 takes care of the privacy and security of your Huawei smartphone. This happens with the courtesy of the privacy center and security center to review app access, and personal data and inform you about the device’s vital information.

emui 13 privacy center

Photo Security:

One of the innovations that EMUI 13 has over its competitor is the Sensitive information removal tool that could remove picture location, time, and device model used to shoot the picture.

photo security

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